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10 fun things to do this week

Sorry, it’s all a bit Christmassy this week. Some of the pantos have started, so check out my guide to the best. And you’ve got the ice rinks, don’t forget the ice rinks.

Catherine Tate, Colston Hall, Sat 3-Sun 4 Deccatherinetate_1800x575-no-live

Nan, Bernie, Georgie, Sam and a certain argumentative teenager all come together in The Catherine Tate Show – Live. Old favourites and some new sketches from the critically acclaimed, award-winning actor and comedian on her UK tour.

Dunster by Candlelight, Fri 2-Sat 3 Decrimskismile

A man playing a piano cycling through the streets, a fiddler on a tightrope, fire spinners and flame jugglers: just a few of the performers who’ll be on the streets of Dunster when it’s all lit up by candlelight this coming weekend.  There are mediaeval re-enactors and Morris Dancers too but maybe this won’t put you off.  Craft and food stalls – and a floodlit castle to boot.

The Giant Shepton Flea Market, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Sun 4 Dec83169try-this-one

Over 250 stands inside and out (but I’d wrap up warm, it’s supposed to be sunny but parky) selling, well,  anything and everything – you really don’t know what you’re going to find.  There are cash withdrawal facilities inside if you run out of dosh.

Romeo & Juliet, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Sat 3 Dec

16-11-30-ballet-th-uk_Ballet Theatre UK dance their way through the story of the star-crossed lovers in tight tights and on their tippy toes – think you know the story by now. Rated highly by The Independent though.

Festive family Saturday and food fair, Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, Sat 3 Dec

dywxmjkwo2gsnjawo3msdw5pzm9ybttxldk1o2ysahdzlziwmtyvmtevsfrfnje5mjktzti5zdazlmpwzwGoodies and treats from local suppliers, free arty events for kids (inspired by Louise Bourgeois, so Christmas spiders?), face painting etc with mulled wine and roasted chestnuts from the resident restaurateers, the Roth Bar & Grill.

Christmas with The Puppini Sisters, Bristol Spiegeltent, Bristol Harbourside, Weds 7 Decscreen-shot-2016-11-29-at-19-38-02

Spiegeltents (literally, ‘mirror tents’) were built in Belgium in the late 19th and early 20th century as travelling ballrooms, with the mirrors allowing people to flirt discreetly. This spiegeltent on the Bristol Harbourside is a magnificent round one made of dark wood with carved panels, bevelled mirrors, booths around the outside and a draped ceiling. They’ve got lots on – balls, Christmassy shows, music –  up until Dec 31, including the retro harmony trio, The Puppini Sisters.

Police Dog Hogan, David Hall, South Petherton, Sat 3 Decpdh_gallery_module_6Eight members play Americana, Country-folk, Folk-pop or Urban Blue-Grass (and then some) on guitar, accordion, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and trumpet (and then some). Foot-stomping, stirring and funny in turn.

Deck the Halls at Forde Abbey, Chard, Sat 3 Dec

getfileattachment-3Make your home ready for Christmas with florist Grace Alexander’s day of festive workshops. There are three 90-minute workshops: Christmas wreath, a centre piece for the table and gift tags and place settings. Everything’s provided, including mince pies and mulled wine.

Strictly Come Langport, The Langport Arms Hotel, Sat 3 Dec

istock_000021405196largeChristmas starts in Langport this weekend too, with thousands of white fairy lights decorating the town,  a Christmas market in the centre and a firework display and a hog roast on Cocklemoor next to the river Parrett in the evening. It’s also the Strictly Come Langport dance off, organised by the GingerFred Dance Studio.

Tyntesfield at night, Wraxall, Weds 7 Dec1431763646040-tyntesfield-all-aglow-2-c-nick-bater

Bring a torch and explore the paths and wander around the house at night on your own. Remember they filmed that scary Sherlock episode here. Just sayin’.


Jason Rebello, Cooper Hall, Frome, Sun 11 Dec

The teen prodigy who was one of the forerunners of the modern jazz resurgence in the early 90s and has worked with many of the biggest names in music (including Sting and Jeff Beck), has made seven albums but Held is his first solo piano recording. Hear him play it at Cooper Hall.

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